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Old 01-28-2010, 01:48 PM   #1
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Pfadt new Strut Tower Brace release information

Hey everyone, GREAT NEWS!

These are NOW AVAILABLE! and ready to ship!

As always, we pride ourselves on providing you with the best performing products that have extensive engineering analysis behind them. Building on our great Camaro product line up, we have yet another offering that exemplifies this, and is now available. The new Pfadt Strut Tower Brace. This strut brace is a "no compromises design" that straddles both front strut towers entirely and leaves absolutely no room for flex in any direction! We took this approach to give as many people as possible what we know is the best solution. The Pfadt Strut Tower Brace also allows future upgrades to the front suspension, like Adjustable Camber Plates and Coilovers and has been fully designed and engineered in CAD to provide a strong, efficient, easy to install, lightweight solution. It comes with the correct installation tool necessary for a tight install to the chassis. Please take a look below! PM for price, while we work on adding it to our website!

A couple of notes about this brace:

-4 point chassis brace to reduce strut tower deflection under hard cornering/braking
-Weighs 8 pounds
-Very easy install, no need to remove strut
-Two versions, one for stock NA engines (available NOW), and one for Magna Charger (production batch to come later)
-Designed and made in the USA!
-Available bare or powdercoated Satin Flecked Charcoal (+$25)








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Old 01-28-2010, 01:53 PM   #2
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On the phone now!! Man I hate hold....

EDIT: Just found out that this is gonna require drilling two holes in the car! Don't think I wanna do that....
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:29 PM   #3
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I see 2 problems,
It won't work with a Vortech supercharger and you will
have to remove the brace to be able to check the power steering fluid.
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:50 PM   #4
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umm im not drilling holes in my car!
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Old 01-28-2010, 03:31 PM   #5
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On the phone now!! Man I hate hold....

EDIT: Just found out that this is gonna require drilling two holes in the car! Don't think I wanna do that....
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umm im not drilling holes in my car!
Hey everyone, just a little more info on this. This piece was designed to install with rivnuts. Rivnuts are a very common fastener used throughout the OEM GM chassis. This is just another point where they can be used to benefit the chassis strength. We did this for a number of reasons. One is because straddling the strut tower on either side creates a very strong relationship between both the left and right strut towers. The second is that there is really no existing holes to bolt to. The third is because we didn't want to potentially interfere with aftermarket coilovers etc, and bolt through the top near the OEM strut top.

We understand the hesitation to drill holes in your chassis. Not everyone will be comfortable with using a drill to properly install this Strut Tower Brace. But please take into consideration that there are no structural risks you are taking. You are doing quite the opposite. This is a common practice used in OEM manufacturing and motorsport chassis engineering.

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I see 2 problems,
It won't work with a Vortech supercharger and you will
have to remove the brace to be able to check the power steering fluid.
EDIT: To check the power steering fluid level you will need to remove the 4 bolts (not the chassis fasteners) from the brace. This process should take less than a minute. I can see how this may be unclear in the pictures.

We have been in talks with supercharger manufactures to get preliminary CAD packaging for us to use to determine if this brace will clear. This is never an easy process. Unfortunately, we can not predict what supercharger systems will be designed/used with the new Camaro and if they will reroute the intake system or not. We can only hope that they accommodate strut tower braces. Until we receive CAD data, or have a car in our shop that has a specific supercharger already installed, we will just have to wait to confirm fitment. Thank you for your patience.

We appreciate all of the feedback! Please keep it coming

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Old 01-28-2010, 04:14 PM   #6
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Not questioning your design method.

And it's not that I'm not comfortable using a drill (I have 30+ years wrenching on cars, 20 of those paid!). I am just not gonna drill holes in the body of my car!

Not to mention a starting point for corrosion....
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Old 01-28-2010, 05:13 PM   #7
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You can check the power steering fluid level just fine with this brace installed. I can see how this may be unclear in the pictures. Rest assured, we did not overlook this.

We have been in talks with supercharger manufactures to get preliminary CAD packaging for us to use to determine if this brace will clear. This is never an easy process. Unfortunately, we can not predict what supercharger systems will be designed/used with the new Camaro and if they will reroute the intake system or not. We can only hope that they accommodate strut tower braces. Until we receive CAD data, or have a car in our shop that has a specific supercharger already installed, we will just have to wait to confirm fitment. Thank you for your patience.

We appreciate all of the feedback! Please keep it coming
So, there's enough clearance to remove the engine cover under the brace.
It sure doesn't look like it.
If you need some detailed pics of the Vortech installed, PM me and I'll email them to you. Thanks.
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Post some close ups on the mounting points. Is there a special tool included for the install?
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:20 AM   #9
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Post some close ups on the mounting points. Is there a special tool included for the install?
Ill see if we can get more pics up soon. And yes, there is a tool required, and supplied by us for the installation. Very easy to work with.

We pride ourselves on producing properly engineered, completely functional products that arn't gimmicks. This strut brace for the Camaro is no exception. As a result of this, if you want to install this brace, you will need to be comfortable and familiar with some basic fabrication techniques. There is no other way around it if you want a functional strut tower brace. Since GM did not provide needless rivnuts in these areas, we install them for our product to be truly functional. The rivnuts will cover any exposed sheet metal, just like the OEM ones on your Camaro. If you are still worried about corrosion, I think you can brush on some touch up paint before installing the rivnuts, and that should take care of any added concern. This will be a quality OEM fastening, for a serious chassis stiffening component. Four bolts, and its back off again. Rivnut fasteners remain in place.

Ill keep adding info as necessary. We are excited to get this product out there to you guys who are interested in performance handling!
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:41 AM   #10
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Looking forward to installing one of these on our Project Cammedmaro! It will look amazing in our engine bay, and really help stiffen up the car at the track.

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Old 01-29-2010, 05:51 PM   #11
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:06 PM   #12
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three questions;

- will this fit on the v6 model as well?
- when will this be available?
- pricing guideline?

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Old 02-03-2010, 06:56 PM   #13
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Aaron where is mine? I have been waiting on this along with many others for my race car. Seems the boys over here in the NASA southeast circuit are getting worried of the camaro. Here is a photo from Sebring last month. Check out the Pfadt decals on the car. Love the sways and waiting patiently on the tower brace.
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Old 02-04-2010, 01:56 PM   #14
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:00 PM   #15
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three questions;

- will this fit on the v6 model as well?
- when will this be available?
- pricing guideline?

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Hi camarowa,

Yes this product will also fit the v6 model.
A realistic ship date will be 3/1
PM for pricing

Thanks for the inquiry!

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Aaron where is mine? I have been waiting on this along with many others for my race car. Seems the boys over here in the NASA southeast circuit are getting worried of the camaro. Here is a photo from Sebring last month. Check out the Pfadt decals on the car. Love the sways and waiting patiently on the tower brace.
Car looks great! This product is a very high priority and we are going to do everything needed to get this to you ASAP around 3/1. Thank you so much for your patience.

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Aaron,

Thank you for quick reply, I will be contacting you around the release date. I previously ordered the sways and springs and am very impressed with the difference and part quality.
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Old 02-05-2010, 12:47 PM   #17
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Thank you for the comments and your business. We appreciate it! Look forward to hearing from you. We will be in touch if the date moves closer.
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:55 PM   #18
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Looks to me like the air intake is in the way on the Vortech....
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:58 PM   #19
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Is this still on target for 3/1 availability?
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Old 02-19-2010, 03:11 PM   #21
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Is this still on target for 3/1 availability?
Hi tples69,

Yes, currently we are on schedule for 3/1, for our NA version of this brace. So we will need people to specify if people are going to be installing this on a car with a Magnusen supercharger. Production batch for that version will be later.

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Old 02-26-2010, 11:21 AM   #22
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Shoot... I should probably hold off for the Sc version just in case.
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We just ordered in these strut braces for many clients, so if you need one we are going to have them on the shelf and will be ready to ship next week, you can get them bare or coated.

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Shoot... I should probably hold off for the Sc version just in case.
Please keep in mind that we can not verify fitment for ALL superchargers. They simply will not all provide us with CAD. Do you know which one you are purchasing? Just curious.
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